If Jets Fire Rex Ryan, Is His Head Coaching Career Over?

Jeremy Sickel@https://twitter.com/JeremySickelContributor IIINovember 23, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan calls plays from the sidelines during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are in the midst of a tumultuous season, and their 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots to cap off the NFL's 2012 Thanksgiving Day slate is indeed the low point.

If the Jets fail to shake their swoon, head coach Rex Ryan's job could be in serious jeopardy—especially if the team isn't able to capitalize on a relatively easy schedule to close the season.

Assuming he is relieved of his duties, all eyes will be on his replacement in New York. However, the real question is whether or not Ryan's head coaching career will consist of only one stop.

Despite his 32-26 record and two AFC Conference Championship appearances, Ryan's persona and reputation around the league precede his on-field accolades. That fact alone will make organizations think twice about giving the head coach another crack at calling all the shots.

His coaching ability has seldom been questioned and the Jets' woes can actually be deflected in many different directions. But the NFL is notorious for fixating a team's success or failures to two individuals: the head coach and the quarterback.

Though it is admirable that he is sticking to his guns, Ryan's decision to proceed with Mark Sanchez at quarterback could be the ultimate reason why he never latches on again as a head coach in this league.

And any interest at the collegiate level would come as a huge surprise, primarily because of Ryan's boisterous approach.

Head coaches must adapt to every play, game, opponent and season; 2012 has been a colossal failure for Ryan in all facets.

Unless an organization is desperate enough, and is blinded by the idea that coaches can find great success during their second time through, Ryan has the look of a coordinator should the Jets let him go.


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